GOP candidate Parry stands firm on ‘pill popping,’ decries partisanship

Heather Carlson of the Rochester Post-Bulletin covers GOP congressional candidate Mike Parry’s day at Farmfest, after his “pill popping” remarks: “Asked why he brought up Dayton’s pill usage, Parry said first that, ‘I have all the sympathy in the world  for people that have issues. What I was speaking about was the fact it would be very scary, very scary if our governor ended up with a House and Senate and it was controlled by one party.’ [Allen] Quist, Parry’s GOP rival, declined comment on the state senator’s comment. ‘I wouldn’t touch that with a 10-foot pole,’ Quist said. During a Farmfest candidate forum, Parry said it’s important to elect people who will work across the aisle. ‘Our country will fall because we are electing partisan people who have no will or want to work with the other side,’ Parry said.” Sometimes … a lot of times … these guys make me dizzy.

At the Strib, Jennifer Brooks reports: “Despite calls for an apology, Parry stuck by his remarks. Maybe it wasn’t 15 or 16 pills, he conceded, but ‘it was more than just a few’ and ‘they weren’t M&M peanuts, which he seems to like.’ He could not recall the date of the alleged incident. He said the pills were sitting on the table while the two of them were having breakfast. ‘I was there. I saw it,’ Parry told reporters after the candidate forum. ‘I saw it. I said it. I was there.’ He stopped short of saying outright that he thought the governor of Minnesota was a drug addict.”

And I expect to get dizzier … MPR’s Catharine Richert writes: “Americans for Prosperity, a group backed by major Republican donors Charles and David Koch, is including Minnesota in a massive $27 million ad buy set to launch [Wednesday]. The initial spot, which targets President Barack Obama’s record on the deficit, will run for about a week in 10 battleground states including North Carolina, Iowa, Florida and Colorado, as well as Minnesota. That buy will cost roughly $7 million, said Levi Russell, Americans for Prosperity’s spokesman. The idea is [to] continue a rotation of ads over an additional three-to-four weeks for a spending total of $27 million. Roughly $500,000 will be allocated to the Minnesota market in the first week, Russell said.” No doubt TV stations (happily) accepting the money will apply vigorous fact-checking to claims made within.

Oh, and this, too … Kevin Diaz of the Strib writes:As a [5th District] congressional candidate, Gary Boisclair is making good on his promise to go negative. ‘This is not pretty,’ he said of his television ads that started airing in the Twin Cities on Tuesday afternoon, featuring close-up images of aborted fetuses. ‘It’s not intended to make people feel good.’ The ads are part of a national campaign backed by longtime abortion opposition leader Randall Terry, the Operation Rescue founder who has run similar ads in Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma and other states. In the Twin Cities, the 15th-largest media market in the nation, the ads take aim at Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison, whose Muslim faith is also a target for Boisclair. ‘Islam has a long history of shedding blood,’ said Boisclair, a native of Buffalo, Minn., who now lives in West Virginia, where he describes himself as a Christian missionary.” … Kind of like the Crusaders.

The AP says GOP legislators are experiencing “sticker shock” at the bill for flood repairs up north: “Republican lawmakers who oversee state spending said Tuesday they had ‘sticker shock’ when Minnesota’s top emergency management official laid out a $190 million flood relief package for northeastern and central Minnesota communities. The proposal goes beyond a $27 million match for federal disaster aid to include assistance that ranges from $82 million in road and bridge fixes to debris removal, economic development grants, home repair loans and debt service for three flood-stricken cities. The state would pay for the aid by taking $55 million from a rainy-day account and issuing bonds. Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Claire Robling, R-Jordan, said she was expecting a smaller state aid request ahead of a special session tentatively set for Aug. 24. Robling said the state won’t be able to make everyone affected by the June flooding whole. ‘If we have a washout in our field, we don’t call the government to fix it,’ Robling said.” … Because you have crop insurance?

Frederick Melo at the PiPress has a story about Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett campaigning for re-election on everything but his full push for that Arden Hills Vikings stadium: “The stadium proposal lost out to a bid by Minneapolis. Now Bennett’s political challengers — Shoreview attorney Frank Mabley, former Sheriff Bob Fletcher and Shoreview council member Blake Huffman — are all highlighting the process as much as the outcome. Building the stadium with a combination of state, county and private money would have entailed persuading the Legislature to allow new countywide sales taxes without a public referendum. ‘Tony opposed the referendum and said he didn’t want the citizens to vote on it,’ said Fletcher, ‘and in fact changed his proposal to a food-and-beverage tax, which the county attorney advised would not be subject to a referendum.’ ” If Arden Hills had gone through, grown men wearing plastic horned helmets would be bowing at his feet.

Freshwater amoeba alert. Nicole Norfleet at the Strib writes: “A child who had gone swimming at Lily Lake in Stillwater has died from a suspected rare form of meningitis caused by a freshwater amoeba, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday night. A news release from the department said the death of an elementary-school-age child is under investigation. The child had swum at multiple locations in Washington County in the two weeks before the onset of the illness. The department said the likely source of the child’s infection was Lily Lake. The lake has been closed to swimming until further notice.”

If it’s pro football training camp time, there must be something on the crime wire. The AP reports: “Former Minnesota Viking Michael Bennett has pleaded guilty to his role in a South Florida tax refund and identity theft scheme. Court records show Bennett pleaded guilty last week to one count of wire fraud. As part of a plea agreement, federal prosecutors agreed to recommend less than the possible 20-year sentence. Prosecutors say the FBI operated an undercover check-cashing store in North Miami used by Bennett and seven others — including two other former football players — from February through April. The group allegedly cashed about $500,000 in fraudulent refund checks.”

Half of the commissioned art for refurbed Union Depot has gone to Minnesota artists. Marianne Combs at MPR says: “Amy Baur and Brian Boldon of In Plain Sight Art Studio (Minneapolis, Minn.) have been selected to produce a work of art in the carriageway of Union Depot, which will serve as a primary drop off site for those arriving at Union Depot by auto, taxi or accessible transportation services. The artists will use multi-layered digital imagery on ceramic tile and glass to create a mural along the blank 170-foot-long wall to welcome the public and engage them in history of the site. ($150,000 commission). … Steve Dietz of Northern (Minneapolis, Minn.) will work with a team of artists to create a series of multimedia installations throughout the Union Depot. Dietz is the founder of Northern Spark and previously the Walker Art Center’s new media program. ($500,000 commission).”

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by chuck carlin on 08/08/2012 - 08:35 am.

    Missionary campaigning

    Is Gary Boisclair’s missionary assignment in West Virginia similar to Mitt Romney’s in France? Will he look for converts among the West Virginians while maintaining his residence and pursuing his campaign in the 5th District? Perhaps he should be proselytizing closer to his home base.

  2. Submitted by Cecil North on 08/08/2012 - 09:19 am.

    Thanks to modern medicine, anxiety, depression and a host of other ailments can be treated with great success. Unfortunately, we are years away from a cure for stupid.

  3. Submitted by Joe Musich on 08/08/2012 - 11:35 am.

    remind me again ?

    So the elections are bought and paid for ? And ignorance was currency of exchange ?

  4. Submitted by Ginny Martin on 08/08/2012 - 12:02 pm.

    popping pills

    He was the only one who apparently saw this, in a roomful of other politicians. Other Republicans backed away; one said they were M & Ms.
    I wonder what this guy is popping.

  5. Submitted by John Edwards on 08/08/2012 - 12:07 pm.

    Dayton’s pill popping controversy

    If Gov. Dayton does not take 15 pills a day, how many does he take? All the governor has to do to end this controversy is release all of his medical records. If he is indeed healthy, he has nothing to hide. If he is not, then voters have a right to know. Sen. Harry Reid is absolutely on target with these standards. What is good for Romney is good for Dayton.

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 08/08/2012 - 01:40 pm.

      Is this the same as the Muslim Brotherhood controversy?

      There’s about as much evidence. Really, having to deal with statements like Parry’s or comments like the above, the better question is who wouldn’t be a pill popper!

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/08/2012 - 02:24 pm.

      Except . . .

      I hate to be the one to have to break this to you, but Mark Dayton is not currently a candidate for office. His medical issues were brought out and discussed (and discussed, and discussed) when he ran for election.

      Honestly, the right-wing is like a hungry dog with a bone when it comes to trivial personal issues of Democrats. When it’s their own, they’re very willing to put the past behind them and point the finger elsewhere.

  6. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 08/08/2012 - 03:13 pm.

    That’s because…

    Republicans have no “personal issues” because all of their sins are washed in the blood of Jesus. Democrats, being heathens, are still guilty of their transgressions.

  7. Submitted by Steve Roth on 08/08/2012 - 04:32 pm.

    Don’t Hold Your Breath

    That the Koch Brothers spots will include any facts about the deficit and spending under Obama. I highly doubt those spots will tell the facts that the day Obama took office the deficit was already $1.2 trillion, or the fact that federal spenduing is lower now that it was when he took office. As a percentage of GDP its lower and taxes are lower now, as well, according to the GDP.

    Finally, the deficit for 2012 will be lower than the day Obama was sworn in, as a percentage of GDP.

    And of course, the Koch Bros. will make no mention of the reckless spending of the previous oval office occupant, nor the surplus he inherited…

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